Christopher Pike (author)

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Christopher Pike
BornKevin Christopher McFadden
(1955-11-12) November 12, 1955 (age 68)
New York City, U.S.
GenreHorror, thriller, science fiction, young adult

Kevin Christopher McFadden (born November 12, 1955),[1] known by his pseudonym Christopher Pike, is an American author. He is a bestselling author of children's fiction and for mystery-thrillers and supernatural horror fiction, mainly for young adults though he has also published adult fiction.


McFadden was born in New York City in 1955, but grew up in California.[2] He attended college briefly before quitting and working various jobs such as house painting and computer programming. He initially tried writing science fiction and adult mystery, but later began writing teen thrillers due to an editor's suggestion.

His first novel, Slumber Party, was written initially as a supernatural thriller containing a character with pyrokinesis (psychic ability to start and control fire), which he later eliminated upon the request of his editor. The book was then re-written as a mystery thriller about a group of teenagers who encounter bizarre and violent events during a skiing weekend. His editor sold the book to Scholastic Press, which released it in 1985.[3] Pike's next novel, Weekend, was also published through Scholastic.[4] He would later publish one more novel through Scholastic, the 1986 Chain Letter, after which he engaged mainly with Simon and Schuster.[5]

Pike continued to write several young adult novels, and also juvenile novels comprising the series Spooksville, as well as several adult novels such as his 1990 book, Sati. Spooksville was adapted into a television series in 2013 for the Hub network (now known as Discovery Family).


On November 25, 1996, Pike's novel Fall Into Darkness was adapted into a television movie of the same name, produced by his company Christopher Pike Productions. His novels The Midnight Club and The Season of Passage have both been optioned, for a television series and movie, by movie-maker Mike Flanagan for Netflix.[6][7] The Midnight Club was released on Netflix on October 7, 2022.[8] Two days after the series' release, on October 9, Flanagan confirmed that Netflix had in fact optioned "28 books" of Pike's, and that he had advocated The Midnight Club television series as "'The Midnight Club' — but the stories the kids tell [each other] will be other Christopher Pike books", with a plan for the series to last multiple seasons.[9] However in December 2022 it was announced the series had been cancelled after only one season.[10]


Young adult fiction[edit]



(Christopher Pike only wrote one book of this forty-seven book series. Other writers of this series include Caroline B. Cooney and Diane Hoh.)[11]

Chain Letter
Final Friends
Remember Me
The Last Vampire/Thirst
  • Spooksville – series of 24 children's books (1995–1998)
  • Alosha (2004) (An animated movie version was in development, according to Pike's Facebook page.)
  • The Shaktra (2005)
  • The Yanti (2006)
  • Nemi (TBA) (According to Pike, the book is complete, though will only be released if the movie adaptation of Alosha goes well.)

Short stories[edit]

  • Tales of Terror – Six original short stories, includes a Master of Murder sequel: The Fan from Hell (1997)
  • Tales of Terror #2 – Five original short stories, includes a Master of Murder sequel: The Burning Witch (1998)


Adult fiction[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Christopher Pike". Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  2. ^ "Author bio". Simon and Schuster. Archived from the original on 25 March 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  3. ^ Pike, Christopher (1985). Slumber Party. Scholastic. ISBN 978-0-590-43014-2. OCLC 1020241948.
  4. ^ Pike, Christopher (1986). Weekend. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 978-0-590-44256-5. OCLC 316252624.
  5. ^ "Christopher Pike 1". Grady Hendrix. Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  6. ^ Zorrilla, Mónica Marie (2021-02-01). "Netflix's 'The Midnight Club' Series Adaptation Sets Cast". Variety. Archived from the original on 2021-02-01. Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  7. ^ Kiefer, Halle (2021-04-14). "Mike Flanagan Blasts Off With Christopher Pike's Mars Novel Season of Passage". Vulture. Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  8. ^ Fox, Claire (2022-10-06). "When is The Midnight Club's release time?". Inverse. Retrieved 2022-10-07.
  9. ^ Maas, Jennifer (October 9, 2022). "'Midnight Club' Creator Mike Flanagan Breaks Down Season 1 Mysteries and Promises Answers — Even If There Is No Season 2". Variety. Retrieved October 9, 2022.
  10. ^ Oganesyan, Natalie (2022-12-02). "The Midnight Club Canceled by Netflix After One Season (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved 2023-10-16.
  11. ^ "Juvenile Series and Sequels: Title: Cheerleaders | - Mid-Continent Public Library". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
  12. ^ "Christopher Pike". Retrieved 2022-08-23.
  13. ^ "Christopher Pike". Retrieved 2022-08-23.
  14. ^ "Like Pike: Christopher Pike Fan Club". Feb 1, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2020.

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